David Thewlis rose to prominence in 1993 when starring in Mike Leigh's film Naked, for which he won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor. Other notable film appearances include Seven Years in Tibet, Kingdom of Heaven,The Big Lebowski, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, War Horse, The Theory of Everything, Anomalisa and I'm Thinking of Ending Things.
He is known for his portrayals of Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter film series and Sir Patrick Morgan/Ares in Wonder Woman. He was nominated for an Emmy Award, Critics' Choice Television Award and Golden Globe Award for his role in the TV series Fargo. He also wrote and directed the BAFTA nominated short film Hello Hello Hello.
Shooting Martha is his second novel.